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Over 100 opposition members join PF

PATRIOTIC Front secretary general Davis Chama addressing scores of party members during a meeting in Munali constituency in Lusaka yesterday. Over 100 people defected from UPND, FDD, UNIP and MMD to the PF. PICTURE: BRIAN MALAMA

BRIAN MALAMA & CHRISTINE CHISHA, Lusaka
OVER 100 members of the opposition yesterday defected to the Patriotic Front (PF) during a meeting held at Mtendere B in Lusaka yesterday.
Among the defectors were those from UPND, FDD, UNIP and MMD political parties.
PF secretary general Davis Chama who received the new members welcomed them saying they have just joined President Lungu’s large family which is all embracing and firm on the ground.
Mr Chama urged PF members against segregating against newcomers on the basis of tribe, creed, race and political parties they were coming from.
He pointed out that Zambian citizens and the electorates were no longer interested in seeing and or being part of political violence as evidenced in certain parties bent on creating civil despondency.
“The electorates are just interested in politics of development as we have lead by example – our infrastructure development record in undisputable,” Mr Chama said.
The PF secretary general disclosed that the PF was now moving into its second gear of development through provision of safe drinking water to all homes in Zambia.
Mr Chama noted that Government was working on plans to create massive job opportunities for most youths around the country.
“We have done exceptionally well in infrastructure development; our next step is to create jobs and an industrial hub in southern Africa,” Mr Chama said.
He said the PF government was committed to empowering the youths in a bid to uplift them from abject poverty.
The secretary general also said the PF was in the process of revolutionising politics in Zambia as opposed to what has been happening in the last 50 years.
He urged party members to support the President in governing the country and reject opposition political parties bent on dividing Zambia for selfish gains and motives.
And PF deputy secretary general Mumbi Phiri says the party is going into 2016 general elections as a robust, focused and united front to deliver another win with President Lungu as its presidential candidate
In an interview with the Sunday Mail, Mrs Phiri said the party is consolidated and more united and its main focus is to mobilise grassroot structures and win the 2016 general elections.
She said while the opposition is day-dreaming, the ruling party is busy consolidating its support at the grassroot level and explaining its future plans for the development and betterment of Zambians.
Mrs Phiri is happy that Zambians in the many places the ruling party has visited now understand how some people in the opposition misled the country to privatise Zambian companies in a bid to enrich themselves without giving warning on the consequences.
She said, the people who advised Government to privatise companies such as Dunlop, Johnson & Johnson, Lima Bank are responsible for turning the Zambia into an importing country.



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